|Two first issue prototype heads experimenting with lip shape.|
After flying out to the factory to approve the wax model before moulds could be made, I did have a few reservations. I felt the face too large, rounded and smiling. Her nose lacked character and definition. Because I was unfamiliar with the process, I had to take certain guidance from the factory. I was told that natural shrinkage in the production process and paint would lessen the effect of the smile and broadness of the face in general.
However once I received the first samples I knew that it was not going to work. The head was really out of proportion, and she looked like a child rather than a chic Parisian young woman.
|A test sample to try rooting patterns of hair.|
|The very first hand painted Anouk prototypes.|
|Although I was disappointed, I tried to convince myself with a photo shoot.|
|My Concept art and prototype dolls and fashions.|
|Even though Ken clearly adored her, I knew Anouk had to be resculpted.|
|...but nothing worked.|
|I tried different face paints...|
|First generation pre production Anouk dolls and outfits.|
To their credit, the factory resculpted the head, but now, working closely under my supervision. I am fairly certain the sculptor despised me by the end of this arduous process. This time, I knew better what the shrinkage effects would be and what to expect. After a second, third and fourth attempt, we produced a sculpt that I was very happy with. A night and day difference, one might say.
|The final Sculpt|
|The first sculpt prototype on the left compared with the final version on the right.|